Millions of Texans have lost their jobs or had their incomes impacted by the economic fallout during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, the State Bar of Texas has collected the following resources for the public.
Stop TX Eviction
Texans struggling to pay rent and facing possible eviction can turn to stoptxeviction.org for a a step-by-step tool kit designed to help renters understand the eviction process and their rights.
Stop TX Eviction is available in English and Spanish. There, renters can:
Get legal information about the eviction process and your rights,
Obtain important documents to give a landlord or judge, and
Apply for legal assistance from an agency that provides free legal services to qualifying individuals.
Legal Services Hotline and Provider Directory
The State Bar of Texas Disaster Legal Services Hotline—800-504-7030—connects callers to legal aid agencies in their area where attorneys can review the individual circumstances and provide limited legal assistance to low-income individuals.
Low-income tenants facing eviction should seek help through a legal service provider. Use the hotline above to be connected with an organization in your area. The hotline is answered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division’s 2019-2020 Referral Directory of Legal Services and Other Resources for Low-Income Texans also offers a searchable county-by-county breakdown of legal and other services across Texas. It can be found at texasbar.com/referraldirectory.
Online Tenant/Landlord Educational Resources
Eviction Facts 101 (video) – Houston Volunteer Lawyers
COVID-19 Eviction Answer Toolkit – TexasLawHelp.org
Texas Tenants’ Rights Handbook – Texas Young Lawyers Association
Navigating the Eviction Process in Texas (video) – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
General Facts about Evictions in Texas – TexasLawHelp.org
Appealing an Eviction – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Hotels/Motels vs. Residential Tenancies: When Eviction Protections Apply – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Individuals needing food assistance or other social services can call 2-1-1 to find a list of services in their area. The 2-1-1 community information service is available 24 hours a day. People can also access 2-1-1 Texas online at 211texas.org to search via topic such as food, health, housing, and more.